“… I have come with the sole purpose for you to have life in its most complete form.”  John 10:10b   The Mirror 

“Life is a one-time offer. Use it well.” Unknown

Today, I turn 70 years old.  Just writing the number causes me to marvel—70!  When I was ten, sixteen, twenty-one, thirty, even fifty, 70 seemed so distant, almost ancient.  And here I am, entering my seventh decade of life. How did I get here so quickly?  I guess the adage is true…you know, the one about time and tide!

Life is a divine gift, and 70 years of life is an absolute blessing.   I embrace it with all that I am, thanking God for each moment of grace that has brought me to this new phase of life. I praise Him for the promise that 70 brings—one of perfection, fulfillment, restoration, fullness, wholeness, and a new level of authority.

I am eager to live the truth learned over the past 69 years; to be fully present, fully awake, fully engaged in all of life; to take the wisdom gained over these decades and apply it in every area of my life; to love, to laugh, to BE, to show my shine.

To the casual observer, I suppose these 70 years seem pretty “ordinary.” Not to me. I’ve lived an extraordinary and blessed life, a life filled with love, wonder, tears, laughter, joy, adventure!  These have been extraordinary years of growth, transformation, discovery, and I wouldn’t trade my 70 years for any other.   I am who I am because of every experience, and I have grown to love the woman who has emerged because of or despite those experiences.

Through them all, God has been the one constant—always there wooing me, drawing me, enabling me, empowering me, strengthening me, chastising me, correcting me, stretching me, challenging me, breaking me, putting me back together, holding me, revealing Himself to me, revealing myself to me, teaching me to trust Him, letting me know He trusts me! Loving me!

I am excited beyond words to meet Deborah@70.  To see how she will show up in the world. Now that she is armed with greater knowledge, greater revelation, and greater wisdom, how will she touch and impact the lives of others as an expression of God’s love, light, and life? What does purpose look like for her in this new decade?  How will she share her life with the world? In what new and deeper ways will she learn to trust her God?  In what new ways will she experience His love? What new aspects of Deborah will be revealed?

Deborah@70 is not the same Deborah she was at 67, 68, or 69.   She is freer, less fearful, bolder, more confident, more relentless, more determined.  No more hiding!  She enters 70 with a “Yes” in her heart and on her lips.  She is open to all God is and all He has just for her.  She has learned to value life in a greater way.  She knows the value of time and how to focus on what matters most.  She is more firmly rooted in Love and desires to experience Him in deeper, more intimate ways.  She is surrendered to His will and His way.  She will emerge more of the Deborah that He has always known her to be, living each day as if it matters because it does!

She will live each day as one who is loved unconditionally and extravagantly, ever mindful of who she is in the I AM.

And she will live each day as worship unto the only One worthy of it all!

I think I’m really going to like deborah@70!!


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